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Not boring finds for June 2019

(Not) boring finds for June 2019

This month we learned that broader lessons from history have more leverage; how the shifts over time in the intangible tech economy are impacting businesses and consumers; that AIs are getting more lifelike and creative; and that it’s important to...

June 26, 2019 1 Mins
A fish doesnt know its surrounded by water

A fish doesn’t know it’s surrounded by water: The importance of investing globally

We have found that many Canadian investors—or any investor, for that matter—can be reluctant to diversify beyond their borders, but portfolios solely invested in Canada might as well be an egg crate on a rickety motorcycle.

June 19, 2019 5 Mins
Technical debt

Technical debt

Over the long-term, the accumulated costs of technical debt can have a financial impact on a company and its shareholders.

June 5, 2019 13 Mins
Not boring finds for May 2019

(Not) boring finds for May 2019

The need to check and recheck your numbers, a bull market for baby teeth, the lures of personal finance personalities, and how Instagram is becoming the new mall…it was an interesting month.

May 30, 2019 2 Mins
Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

We believe smaller players can be competitive, profitable, and create value in commoditized and competitive markets—the crux is having an effective strategy.

May 15, 2019 7 Mins
Not boring finds for April 2019

(Not) boring finds for April 2019

Our finds this month include thoughts about growth prospects for the world’s major economies, the world’s first glimpse of a black hole, Howard Marks on the need for responsible capitalism, and how the business of content streaming is going to evolve.

May 1, 2019 2 Mins
Plaing the plan GSC portfolio EP44

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global small cap portfolio | EP44

Equity analyst, John Wilson, shares how the team approaches separating signal from noise, why defensive business models make for a resilient portfolio, and the advantages of a "cookie-cutter" growth runway.

October 2, 2019 22 Mins
Playing the plan mawer us equity EP43

Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP43

U.S. equity co-manager, Colin Wong, discusses the big picture backdrop (interest rates, U.S.-China trade war) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind Microsoft, and A.O. Smith.

September 4, 2019 43 Mins
making a difference impact investing EP42

Making a difference: Impact investing | EP42

Calgary Foundation Board and Impact Investing Committee Chair, Bob Gibson, and Director, Investments, Lauren Frosst, discuss the Foundation’s definition of impact investing, why the foundation became involved, and how they got started.

August 21, 2019 46 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers international equity portfolio EP41

Playing the plan: Mawer’s international equity portfolio | EP41

Lead portfolio manager, David Ragan, discusses some big picture risks (Brexit and U.S.-China trade wars) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind LVMH and Bunzl.

August 7, 2019 23 Mins
Lessons from 33 years of investing EP40

Lessons from 33 years of investing | EP40

Investing legend Martin Ferguson, pioneer of the award winning Mawer Canadian small cap strategy, shares the lessons he learned over his 33 year career.

July 24, 2019 40 Mins
Trader talks EP39

Trader talk: Every BEEP matters | EP39

Equity trader, Jeff Wilson, delves into the in-house “B-E-E-P” framework the trading team has built: Best Execution, Education, and Process.

July 17, 2019 33 Mins

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